Infanta Elena of Spain, eldest child of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, married Don Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada, Lord of the Manor of Tejada, son of the Count and Countess of Ripalda, in Seville on this day in 1995. The couple, who were known as the Duke and Duchess of Lugo, had two children, and divorced in 2010.
King Juan Carlos walked his eldest daughter up the aisle of the magnificent Seville Cathedral.
The couple took their vows in a Roman Catholic Ceremony. The whole wedding, the first Spanish Royal Wedding in Spain in 89 years, was heavily influenced by Andalusian culture, on the recommendation of her grandmother, the Countess of Barcelona.
Afterwards, the newlyweds rode through the streets of Seville in a carriage.
Royal Guests included King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece with their children, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Noor of Jordan, King Simeon and Queen Margarita of Bulgaria, Empress Farah of Iran, Queen Paola of Belgium, King Michael and Queen Anne of Romania, the Prince of Wales, and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
Infanta Elena wore a silk organza Petro Valverde gown with the Countess of Barcelona’s Pearl Bracelet, Queen Sofia’s Pearl Earrings, and the Marichalar Tiara, a gift from her new mother-in-law.